Parish volleyball teams continue tough non-district tilt

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
The Ascension Catholic Lady Bulldogs swept Ascension Christian in three sets last Tuesday in Donaldsonville. Photo by DeRon Talley.

St. Amant, East Ascension and Ascension Christian continue to prepare themselves for the upcoming district season by playing a very challenging non-district slate.

Ascension Christian has had a rough start to the year after losing four senior leaders from last year's team and transiting to first-year head coach Holly Jenners.

They went out of district last week to face parish foe Ascension Catholic, and they were blanked 3-0--losing by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-16.

The Lady Lions are desperately seeking their first win as the loss to the Lady Bulldogs dropped them to 0-8.

East Ascension was dealt a tough 3-1 loss by St. Michael last week.

After falling 25-18 in the first set, the Lady Spartans captured a close second set 25-22. From there, the action was nip and tuck.

WIth the teams even, St. Michael narrowly escaped an exciting third set 27-25 and in the fourth, they once again fended off hard-charging East Ascension to win the set 25-23 and capture the match.

Madeleine Gremillion was huge for St. Michael--collecting a match-high 21 kills.

As for the Lady Spartans, Jessie Watts had a tremendous all-around performance. She belted down 10 kills while collecting 11 assists, 11 digs and two blocks.

Emily Venable was on her game as well--producing a team-high 14 assists, 12 digs and five kills. Claire Weinberger led the match in digs with 21. She also added 10 kills.

The loss was tough for East Ascension--marking their third straight.

But on Monday, they bounced back with a tough five-set victory over Zachary.

After going down 2-0, the Lady Broncos charged back and won the next two sets. The Lady Spartans finally put the match away in a thrilling 15-13 fifth-set victory.

Watts had 17 kills, 11 assists and four blocks while Venable finished with 32 assists and 15 digs.

After putting an end to the three-game losing streak, East Ascension moved to 11-5 overall.

Last week, St. Amant faced their toughest test of the year when they hosted defending state champion St. Joseph's Academy.

The Lady Gators have played a challenging schedule all year. It wasn't long ago that they took on Mount Carmel--a team St. Joseph's beat in last year's state title game.

St. Amant fought hard, but the defending champs were just too much to handle as they secured a 3-0 sweep.

St. Joseph's captured the first set 25-12 before the Lady Gators stormed back in the second. The Red Stickers barely escaped with a 27-25 advantage. After that final surge, St. Joseph's cruised to a 25-15 third-set victory to clinch the match.

Alli and Maggie Duplechein did well at the net--collecting eight and six kills respectively. They each had six digs and two blocks.

Victoria Howell chipped in with six kills and two digs while Kourtney Gremillian added 12 assists.

The Lady Gators were able to get the bad taste out of the their mouths during the weekend.

On Saturday, they collected a tough four-set victory over Assumption.

St. Amant escaped with 25-21 and 25-22 wins in the first two sets but dropped the exciting 28-26 third set.

But still leading 2-1, the Lady Gators were able to close things out when they pulled away in the fourth set to claim the 25-16 victory.

Maggie Duplechein and Kourtney Gremillion put up huge performances. Gremillion led the match with 16 kills, and she added 23 assists. Duplechein had 14 kills of her own along with a match-leading 28 assists.

Kara Gremillion led the match with 24 digs.

After starting the season at just 2-2, St. Amant won six of their last eight matches to bring their record to 8-4 overall.